78 rpm Records.
A series of articles or comments on 78s, ranging over the entire
period of their production – essentially up to 1960, but also
well beyond; and indeed to this very day! If you are mainly interested in the
first 25 years of their existence in this country (1898 to about 1926),
you can also visit www.early78s.uk, which is devoted to illustrating their
labels and giving basic information on nearly 300 of them.
As regards the articles on this site, just click
on the thumbnail below to see the page.
CAN WE MAKE 78 rpm RECORDS TODAY? YES!
The first, and by far the biggest problem, is finding a record cutting machine. But it is quite possible to make one for yourself, given reasonable workshop facilities. True, we have not made one yet, but recently acquired an old one. Hence this article. Click the picture to find out more.
A GREAT WAR ‘DESCRIPTIVE’ RECORD.
Here is a ‘Descriptive Record’ of late 1914 (or maybe early 1915), on the Diamond label, which seeks to portray the start of that early
Great War battle. In my opinion, it does so very well, compared with most of these sort of discs.
HOMOPHON(E) & INVICTA DATE CODES.
Homophone was a German company which sold its own records in Britain in the ‘Boom Years’ of ~1908 – 1914. It also pressed records
for British companies, above all early Invictas. They carry coded dates. Can we decipher them? What event(s) do they refer to?
DE-CRACKLING OLD 78 rpm RECORDS.
This is a particular problem for British 78 rpm enthusiasts, whose discs have apparently been affected by ‘acquired crackle’ more than most.
A relatively simple computer-based de-crackling procedure is outlined in this article.
DOUBLE SIDED GRAMOPHONE RECORDS.
It may sound as daft as patenting the idea of writing on both sides of a sheet of paper; but the double sided disc was granted
a patent in the U.S. in January 1904. Read about the subtleties of the patent application.
VARIETIES OF THE HMV ‘B’ SERIES LABEL, 1912-1958.
Han Enderman, Dr. Rainer Lotz & Mike Thomas have kindly helped with this page, which shows around 29 different
labels used on the British ‘B’ series, 1912 - ~1960.
MARKINGS ON 78 rpm RECORDS; WHAT DO THEY TELL US?
Besides the obvious catalogue number, other information is usually carried on the labels, pressed into the ‘wax’ and under
the label of old records. What may these other numbers & letters mean? How do we try to interpret them?
ODD 78 rpm SIDES – A MISCELLANY.
Here will be found a ‘grab-bag’ of odd sides we have transferred to mp3 for various reasons. It seems a shame just to delete them, so some will end up here. Who knows what you might hear? Click the link to find out!